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YES it's illegal and I can't believe potential lawyers are thinking seriously of doing this. I'll be really pissed if any of you losers take my spot in law school, let me tell you.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Prep advice
« on: June 30, 2004, 09:26:24 AM »
I would do the Princeton Review course.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Prep Course
« on: June 17, 2004, 12:48:12 PM »
Also off-topic...dta, what on EARTH that picture beneath your name?!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Overwhelmed and need advice!
« on: June 14, 2004, 12:41:46 PM »
No, you don't need to take the LSAT this October if you have another two years in school. Don't rush it. If you have time to take a prep course this summer and prep for October, go for it, but it's not necessary.

I will disagree that PR is not for those targeting 170+. The Cracking the LSAT book is excellent, and they do focus on how to take this test, and do it very well. The materials in class go deeper, though, and they've beefed up the class with in-class workshops. It seems to be more like TestMasters now, only with a class size limit. I would not rule them out, especially since you liked their SAT book. Go to one of their info sessions or see if you can sit in on a class. I looked into them quite a bit and was very impressed with what I learned.

I wouldn't plan on starting out with a tutor. Do some self-prep and see what your weaknesses are. If they're in one or two particular areas, then a tutor would be great for that. If not, then a class would be the way to go.

Dude, you completely psyched yourself out for nothing. If you are obsessed on this now, you will be for October too. Stop taking practice tests for at least a week and learn how to chill. Your life will not be over if you get a 171 instead of a 175, and even if you don't get into your top choice school, you still have the credentials to be successful. The one thing that is missing there is the ability to properly prioritize and keep yourself calm under tough situations. Ok, that was two things. But forcing anxiety on yourself is self-defeating. Your success in law school and as a lawyer will have a lot to do with how you handle tough situations and not getting too wrapped up in details that very well may be irrelevant. Look at the big picture too - it's important to stand back and do that now and then.

I used to be a perfectionist and it was killing me. I still try to do my best, but I've learned which battles are worth fighting and which ones are just wearing me down. If you will only settle for 175 then you are dooming yourself to failure, anxiety, and perpetual disappointment.

One last comment: the weekend before your LSAT, don't take any practice tests. That greatly contributes to most people overanalyzing their progress and freaking out, as it did to you.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: PowerScore Logic Bible Worth it?
« on: June 14, 2004, 12:29:30 PM »
My library didn't have squat!! One of the few drawbacks of living in a small city.

Definitely get the PS book. It's worth it!!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Am I stupid, or is the LSAT Stupid!
« on: June 13, 2004, 10:11:48 PM »
You should definitely not feel stupid. The LSAT has made all of us feel stupid at one time or another, and trust me, given the collective intelligence of this group, I would say the problem lies not with us but with the LSAT!!

It's like beating a dead horse to say it again, but yes, postpone until October. I would never, ever take the LSAT with a week's prep. Take a Princeton Review prep class - I strongly believe they are the best company at really teaching HOW to take standardized tests - and plan on October.

Even though you don't need a strong LSAT score for the school you want to attend, you will wonder if you could have done better, and you will stress about how you'll do on the bar. There are bar exam prep classes too, and you'll have four years of law school to help prepare you, so go for it, do your best, and you will succeed. More power to you for following your dream and having the courage to change your life at 40! That is very cool.

keating here again.

I take Ambien every night, and have been for about 18 months. It's not generally intended to be taken for that long, but I have fibromyalgia and lifelong insomnia and don't get restorative sleep. I have never slept well without something that helps me sleep. I have a white noise machine but am still a light enough sleeper that I can wake up in spite of meds. It's the worst!

The first night I took Ambien, I woke up feeling better than I ever have. It was amazing. However, if I take a full 5-mg. Ambien and don't go right to bed or sleep a full 8 hours, I will be groggy. But I'll sleep so deeply I won't remember any dreams at all (I always remember dreams). Because I'm a light sleeper and am often in pain it's extremely unlikely I'd sleep the 8 hours. So I take half an Ambien with one valerian, which is a natural herb, and the two together usually do the trick unless I have a lot on my mind, in which case I take two valerian with the Ambien. But with 2.5 mg of Ambien I will still have a very active mind all night.

The difference between Ambien and other sleeping pills like Sonata (which I've also tried) is that Ambien both helps you fall asleep and stay asleep, whereas Sonata only helps you fall asleep. With a 5 mg. Sonata I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep, but with the 10 mg I was groggy. The 10 mg Sonata also gave me some wacky hallucinations, ghosts floating above my bed and stuff! I've never gotten ill on either pill, though.

Ambien is great if you do have short-term insomnia or are really stressed, but it doesn't work for everyone. If you're like me and a chronic insomniac, then it becomes essential. My next step is a TempurPedic bed - getting one this summer. :-)

Take melatonin at 11 pm, or whatever your normal bedtime would be, for a few nights. It will reset your body clock. Flight attendants and pilots do this all the time, because they have to adjust to new time zones. I did it after returning from Paris a few years ago, because I was stuck on Paris time and would wake up every morning at 4 am. Worked like a charm.

PR's class comes with real LSATs as well as their own materials, so if you have already registered and paid for the class, ask them to send you the materials early. Although since they use the real LSATs in their assignments I wouldn't do too much of that before the class. See if you can get the class syllabus so you can see how it's all assigned so you don't do that stuff now.

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